Fab Faux

Only the best Beatles cover band ever. If you live in the NYC/Philly area, check them out:

The Fab Faux brings together the talents of five of New York’s most respected musicians: Will Lee of Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Vivino, band leader and guitarist for Conan, Rich Pagano, who has performed with Rosanne Cash, Ray Davies and released a solo effort Blurt Magazine described as “one of the best albums of 2009,” Jack Petruzzelli, who has toured and recorded with Joan Osborne, Patti Smith and Rufus Wainwright, and Frank Agnello, whose musical credits include Phoebe Snow, Marshall Crenshaw and Joey Molland of Badfinger.

Watch this extraordinary live, in-studio performance of The Fab Faux recreating ‘Abbey Road’, side two:

Christmastime is here

I spent yesterday decorating. This is a complicated procedure, since first I have to bring in my many, many Christmas storage bins from my landlord’s garage, which is on the lot next door; then I have to carry them up to the second floor, where I live. This year, the tree (three trees, actually) is in a different place because I have a bookcase now where it used to go.

And I really do have three trees. I got them years ago, a trio of skinny fake trees of different heights that actually look not-unreal. I like to decorate them with crystal snowflakes and white lights. My creative vision is that these are snow-covered trees in a forest clearing! (Yeah, I’m a Christmas dork.)

And when I’m doing this stuff, it’s absolutely chaotic. Crap everywhere, things knocked to the floor… When I get distracted, I’m very klutzy; I drop things and knock them over — I’m a veritable Lucille Ball. So I leave the cleanup for last. (Still cleaning up.) I got so caught up in my decorative vision, I never even changed out of my flannel PJs yesterday.

But as soon as I have it all cleaned up, I’ll post pictures of my Christmas decorations for you all.

Wish Upon A Hero

I hope you’ll consider helping again at Wish Upon A Hero, where people ask for what they want or need and you get the chance to grant their wish. (This year, they have a section for granting Hurricane Sandy survivor wishes.)

Here’s an example from Ohio:

My name is Josh. My family and I have been struggling for awhile. We have a 4 year old son. We are looking for jobs. The economy is tough now. We are just asking if anyone can help us with some financial burdens. We are behind on rent quite a bit. We don’t have a vehicle and with no income coming in, its extremely hard taking the bus. We had to cancel several doctors appointments because we had no way to get there. Our son is missing out on pre K because its hard to get him there. We know times are hard for a lot of families. We are just wishing for gift cards, money donations, we do have a Paypal account. If more information is needed please feel free to email us at ja112487@yahoo.com. Thank you heroes. God bless.

And another from Florida:

My two little girls were blessed this year with christmas but we were unable to afford stockings for them. They are ages 4 and 8. They would love to get a stocking each this year filled with goodies.

Natalee is my 4 yr old little girl. She loves Spongebob, Dora and cats! She loves to dress up with her sister and enjoys coloring. She also loves monkeys.

Donna is my 8 yr old and more mature for her age. She loves Dora herself but also loves Princess, barbies and like her sister LOVES dress up! She also loves coloring.

They both would love to also get some arts and crafts too. They’ve asked for tons & tons & tons of buttons, various sizes, colors, shapes, etc. Mismatch socks – Stain free, hole free, clean a& from a smoke free home. & tons & tons of cotton fluff, skeins &/or balls of various colored yarn, threads of various colors, paints (Washable), finger paints (washable), construction paper, glitter, glue bottle, glue sticks (both nontoxic), color pencils, markers (nontoxic & scented, including the ones with the cute little shapes), crayons, pencils, pencil sharpener, various color pipe cleaners, stencils, pom-pom balls, cottons balls, tons & tons of beads (various shapes, sizes, colors, can be glass, plastic, etc.) glue sticks *Small sized* (Used for glue guns), papers, popsicle sticks, assorted gems, stickers, the little $0.25 machine toys and Donna has asked for her own sewing machine. Mine broke & I had to throw it out. I’ve been unable to located one since. I can’t afford a new one so one preferable with a manual so I can teach her to use it would be awesome!

I’ve told them both that Santa is very busy and not to get their hopes up on getting the crafting items. They would love to get what they asked for towards this. Santa’s Helpers were kind enough to give them some of the stuff on their list but the arts and crafts were asked for after Santa got their letter.

Please contact me for my info if you can help them 🙂

From Belleville, Illinois:

6 children in need for christmas

just one little thing would help each child. Someone please help me give them a smile on christmas. we dont have the money for even one dollar toys. keeping the utilites and rent paid has drained us. My son is 14 and he likes clothes, music, and cologne. Daughter is 13 and shes into makeup and hair stuff. Son that is 6 loves anything with Angry Birds on it. Twins are 3, boy twin-likes play dinosaurs, bugs,& bubbles…..girl twin- likes play makeup like sissy, dolls & color books. The baby is 1 year and he likes trucks that make noise. No matter how small the present is, it will be so appreciated. Thank you

The need is so great. No matter how small the amount you can afford, there’s someone on this list who would be grateful.

Good Will Hunting

My favorite movie speech ever — and Matt Damon (who co-wrote the script with Ben Affleck) was so right:

“Why shouldn’t I work for the N.S.A? That’s a tough one.

“Say I’m working at N.S.A. and somebody puts a code on my desk, something no one else can break. Maybe I take a shot at it and maybe I break it. And I’m real happy with myself, ’cause I did my job well. But maybe that code was the location of some rebel army in North Africa or the Middle East, and once they have that location, they bomb the village where the rebels were hidin’- fifteen hundred people that I never met, never had no problem with get killed.

“Now the politicians are sayin’, oh, “Send in the marines to secure the area” ’cause they don’t give a shit. It won’t be their kid over there, gettin’ shot, just like it wasn’t them when their number got called, ’cause they were pullin’ a tour in the National Guard. It’ll be some kid from Southie over there, takin’ shrapnel in the ass; he comes back to find that the plant he used to work at got exported to the country he just got back from, and the guy who put the shrapnel in his ass got his old job, ’cause he’ll work for fifteen cents a day and no bathroom breaks.

“Meanwhile he realizes the only reason he was over there in the first place was so that we could install a government that would sell us oil at a good price, and of course the oil companies use the little skirmish over there to scare up domestic oil prices- a cute little ancillary benefit for them, but it ain’t helping my buddy at two-fifty a gallon. They’re takin’ their sweet time bringin’ the oil back, o’ course, maybe they even took the liberty of hiring an alcoholic skipper who likes to drink martinis an’ fuckin’ play slalom with the icebergs; it ain’t too long ’til he hits one, spills the oil and kills all the sea life in the North Atlantic.

“So now my buddy’s outta work, he can’t afford to drive, so he’s walkin’ to the fuckin’ job interviews, which sucks ’cause the shrapnel in his ass is givin’ him chronic hemorrhoids, and meanwhile he’s starvin’ ’cause every time he tries to get a bite to eat, the only blue plate special they’re servin’ is North Atlantic scrod with Quaker State.

“So what did I think? I’m holdin’ out for somethin’ better. I figure fuck it, while I’m at it, why not just shoot my buddy, take his job, give it to his sworn enemy, hike up gas prices, bomb a village, club a baby seal, hit the hash pipe and join the National Guard? I could be elected President.”

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